26 March 1955, Jonas Salk publicly announced he developed the Polio Vaccine.
How can we be better ancestors? "It’s no secret too many procedures and medicines are so expensive they would make a loan shark gag. But vaccines are a different ballgame. There is little profit in vaccines as compared to medical treatments. For example, rubella hospitalization is between 2 and 8 days and can cost $5,000 to $46,000 (2013 USD); tetanus will result in more than $100,000 with more than 2 weeks of hospitalization. This is nothing compared to vaccine costs (CDC, 2014). Big pharma and big medicine make more money from not vaccinating people, which by the way, is a compelling counterargument to anti-vaxx conspiracy theorists.
Still, private industry can make some money and help the community too. Private enterprise has helped fill the supply gaps of vaccines, especially in destitute, areas; but there is a considerable risk of not balancing public and private interest (Lydon et al., 2015). Though the incentive of private enterprise has contributed significantly to vaccine development (despite low profits), the public and private partnership has eroded in many respects—resulting in unfortunately low vaccination rates in some demographics (US Institute of Medicine, 2015)... It is clear (to me at least) that if we want to honor Salk's vision of balancing wisdom and knowledge, to learn from our experience, the become better ancestors and take control of our society's guided evolution with a purpose, then we must develop a wiser balance between private and public enterprise in medical research and health access." Carpe Datum and Semper Sci!
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